Idaho pros go low to win

Monte LaOrange / Luke Sestero watches his tee shot on hole 3, while participating in the Rocky Mountain Section Professional Golf Association event held at Pinecrest Golf Course on Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s round had Sestero and his playing partner Ron Rawls, both from Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, playing in a Chapman format.

Brett Kleinkopf and Travis Hofland parred the first playoff hole Tuesday to defend their title in the 2014 Taylor Made-Adidas and Ashworth Golf Rocky Mountain Section PGA Pro-Pro Shootout at Pinecrest Golf Course.

Kleinkopf, and an assistant pro at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, and Hofland, an assistant pro at Twin Falls Golf Club, finished with a three-round total of 19-under-par 191. They were tied with the team Woody Spainhower (Black Bull Golf Club, Bozeman, Mont.) and Jeff Allen (Hilands Golf Club, Billings, Mont.) after 54 holes.

Kleinkopf and Hofland led by one shot entering the final round, and shot a 67 in the Chapman format to win $3,200. Allen and Spainhower finished with a 64 to take second and win $2,400.

Idaho Falls Country Club pros Jason Jacobsen and Sean Thomsen tied for fourth at 195 with Teton Lakes assistant pro Brett Cordingley and Preston pro John Van Vleet. Former Skyline High School standout and current Crane Creek assistant Luke Sestero and partner Ron Rawls (Crane Creek) finished tied for seventh at 198.

The local pros fared well in the Senior Division.

Pinecrest Golf Course head professional Tim Reinke teamed with Centennial Golf Club (Nampa) head pro John Lewis to take second behind Boise State golf coach Kevin Burton and Terrace Lakes Resort (Garden City) pro John Wallace. Burton and Wallace finished with a three-round total of 185, 15 shots better than Reinke and Lewis.

Sand Creek head pro John Graham and partner Rob Ellis of the Gooding Country Club finished third at 201.

There were two aces during the tournament. Twin Falls Golf Club head pro Steve Meyerhoeffer aced the 170-yard 16th hole, while PGA Life Member John Peterson aced the 150-yard 12th.